Where are your laptops today?

Via the Washington Post, 160 laptops owned and operated by employees of the FBI have disappeared over the last four years, according to a Justice Department report from the Inspector General's office. The report stated that the FBI has 26,000 laptops.

Via the Washington Post, 160 laptops owned and operated by employees of the FBI have disappeared over the last four years, according to a Justice Department report from the Inspector General's office. The report stated that the FBI has 26,000 laptops. Given that at least 10 of the missing laptops were loaded with super sensitive, classified data, the FBI, or any company or agency with a similar problem (somewhere around 600,000 are stolen yearly), is clearly in need of better procedures for maintaining laptops and technology such as Alcatel-Lucent's forthcoming Mobile Endpoint Management System, a 3G wireless-based PCMCIA card that can locate missing laptops via GPS and wipe a disk clean even if the machine is turned off.  

 

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